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CHPP Daily Brief: Legislative Snapshot "Praying for All in Authority" Saturday, April 29, 2017

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The Daily Brief:
Legislative Snapshot
"Praying for All in Authority"
Saturday, April 29, 2017

"Standing Together as One
. . . Under the Cross of Christ"

"Oh, bless our God, you peoples! And make the voice of His praise to be heard."
(Psalm 66:8)

Congratulations, President Trump!

Congratulations, President Trump, upon the successful completion
of your First 100 Days in office!

Dear President Trump,

We at Capitol Hill Prayer Partners salute you for the amazing way in which you have moved so quickly to transform our nation in your First 100 Days in office.

You have literally appeared "out of nowhere" in the political arena, but determined to make America great again as you have captured the hearts of our people to allow you to do so. Entering into the Oval Office from a tremendously successful career in global business affairs, you have brought gifts to the presidency that our people so desperately have need of.
With this letter of congratulations, we refrain from "scoring" your record as others are doing. Instead, we pledge to continue to pray for you, sir, as we have all other presidents who have served before you since our own beginnings in 1994.
We hence uphold this mandate from Almighty God, as a covenant promise to lift you in prayer in all of your remaining days in office.
It is written:

"Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, 2 for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. 3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, 4 who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth."
(I Timothy 2:1-4 NKJV)

One day at a time, in His name, amen.

Sara C. Ballenger, Founder and President
Capitol Hill Prayer Partners

Thank You!

Thank You for Worshiping the King of Kings Today!

Dear Friends,

As we publish this edition of the Legislative Snapshot, we take note that we are now about half way through our first National Day of Worship.

We rejoice, knowing that so many of you out there are also worshiping with us now, in this "set time" to lift our voices in praise unto our Lord, because He alone is worthy of our praise!
Many of you have been in touch with us since midnight last night, expressing your own joy as you, too, have met our Lord in a chorus of praise. . . Thank you!
May His presence rest upon us in this day, and may He cover us with His feathers, in His love.

Amen and amen.

Sara Ballenger
Capitol Hill Prayer Partners

Congress Headlines
Congress delays government spending deadline
Senate confirms Trump's agriculture secretary

Perdue said to sense 'call of God' to Trump cabinet

U.S. Senate confirms Acosta to head Labor Department
Senate votes to confirm Rosenstein as deputy attorney general
U.S. Senate panel approves Lighthizer for U.S. Trade Representative

U.S. Senate panel votes in favor of Gottlieb to run FDA

'Register of Copyrights' Bill Easily Passes House

House Votes to Subject Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to the Freedom of Information Act

White House warns Senate of 'extremely dangerous situation' in North Korea

U.S. House may vote within days on tighter North Korea sanctions

Obamacare revisions win conservative support
Republicans take next step in U.S. deregulation with Senate bill
U.S. House may not kill debit card fee limits: banking panel chair
Democrats want Congress' authorization for anti-militant campaigns

Activity Summaries
Weekly Digest of the Congressional Record
@PrayforCongress Moment: April 24-28, 2017
GAVEL DOWN: Closing out the Week in Congress (Apr. 24-28, 2017)
Next Week Preview: May 1-5, 2017

Senate Floor
Senate Floor Schedule
Monday, May 1, 2017
3:00 p.m.: Convene and proceed to executive session to resume consideration of the nomination of Jay Clayton to be a Member of the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Senate Committees
Senate Committee Meetings Schedule
Tuesday, May 2, 2017
Hearings to examine United States Transportation Command.
Hearings to examine the United States-European Union covered agreement.
An oversight hearing to examine federal payments to local governments provided through the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self Determination Act and the Payment in Lieu of Taxes program and the need to provide greater fiscal certainty for resource-dependent communities with tax-exempt federal lands.
Hearings to examine the nomination of Terry Branstad, of Iowa, to be Ambassador to the People's Republic of China, Department of State.
Hearings to examine responses to the increase in religious hate crimes.
Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe
To receive a briefing on post-referendum Turkey, focusing on institutions and human rights.
Hearings to examine United States European Command, focusing on theater assessment and European Reassurance Initiative (ERI) progress; to be immediately following by a closed hearing in SVC-217.
Wednesday, May 3, 2017
Hearings to examine Department of Defense laboratories and their contributions to military operations and readiness.
Hearings to examine investing in America's broadband infrastructure, focusing on exploring ways to reduce barriers to deployment.
Hearings to examine infrastructure project streamlining and efficiency, focusing on achieving faster, better, and cheaper results.
Hearings to examine global philanthropy and remittances and international development.
An oversight hearing to examine the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Hearings to examine defense innovation and research funding.
Hearings to examine the economy and private sector growth.
Hearings to examine building a flexible personnel system (F.A.S.T. Force) for a modern military.
Thursday, May 4, 2017
Hearings to examine United States Special Operations Command.
Hearings to examine reauthorization of the National Flood Insurance Program.
Hearings to examine the threat posed by electromagnetic pulse and policy options to protect energy infrastructure and to improve capabilities for adequate system restoration.
Hearings to examine international development, focusing on value added through private sector engagement.
Business meeting to consider pending calendar business.
Hearings to examine telemedicine in the Department of Veterans Affairs, focusing on leveraging technology to increase access, improve health outcomes, and lower costs.
Hearings to examine questions, answers, and perspectives on the current state of airline travel.
Closed hearings to examine certain intelligence matters.

House Floor
House Floor Schedule
On Monday, the House will meet at 12:00 p.m. for morning hour and 2:00 p.m. for legislative business. Votes will be postponed until 6:30 p.m.

Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules:
1) H.R. 910 – Fair Access to Investment Research Act of 2017 (Sponsored by Rep. French Hill / Financial Services Committee)
2) H.R. 1312 – Small Business Capital Formation Enhancement Act (Sponsored by Rep. Bruce Poliquin / Financial Services Committee)
3) H.R. 1366 – U.S. Territories Investor Protection Act of 2017 (Sponsored by Rep. Nydia Velzquez / Financial Services Committee)
4) H.R. 657 – Follow the Rules Act (Sponsored by Rep. Sean Duffy / Oversight and Government Reform Committee)
5) H.R. 1242 – 400 Years of African-American History Commission Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Bobby Scott / Oversight and Government Reform Committee)
6) H.R. 1644 – Korean Interdiction and Modernization of Sanctions Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Ed Royce / Foreign Affairs Committee)
On Tuesday and Wednesday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour and 12:00 p.m. for legislative business.

On Thursday, the House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business. Last votes expected no later than 3:00 p.m.
On Friday, the House is not in session.
Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules:
1) H.R. 1665 – Disaster Declaration Improvement Act (Sponsored by Rep. Rodney Davis / Transportation and Infrastructure Committee)
2) H.R. 1679 – FEMA Accountability, Modernization and Transparency Act of 2017 (Sponsored by Rep. Garret Graves / Transportation and Infrastructure Committee)
3) H.R. 1678 – To amend the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act concerning the statute of limitations for actions to recover disaster or emergency assistance payments, and for other purposes, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Lois Frankel / Transportation and Infrastructure Committee)
H.R. 1180 – Working Families Flexibility Act of 2017, as amended (Subject to a Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Martha Roby / Education and the Workforce Committee)
Consideration of Legislation Making Further Appropriations for FY 2017
Additional Legislative Items are Possible
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Legislative Program for next week

(Mr. HOYER asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute.)
Mr. HOYER. Mr. Speaker, I yield to the gentleman from California (Mr. McCarthy), the majority leader, for the purpose of inquiring of the schedule for the week to come. (Mr. McCARTHY asked and was given permission to revise and extend his remarks.)
Mr. McCARTHY. Mr. Speaker, I thank the gentleman for yielding.
Mr. Speaker, on Monday, the House will meet at noon for morning hour and 2 p.m. for legislative business. Votes will be postponed until 6:30.
On Tuesday and Wednesday, the House will meet at 10 a.m. for morning hour and noon for legislative business.
On Thursday, the House will meet at 9 a.m. for legislative business.
Mr. Speaker, the House will consider a number of suspensions next week, a complete list of which will be announced by close of business today.
One suspension worth highlighting is H.R. 1644, the Korean Interdiction and Modernization of Sanctions Act, sponsored by Chairman Ed Royce. Mr. Speaker, last year, North Korea conducted two nuclear weapons tests and 26 ballistic missile flight tests.
Congress has long led the charge to impose strict sanctions against the Kim Jong-un regime. This bill would continue that effort by specifically sanctioning North Korea's shipping industry, as well as targeting those who employ North Korean slave labor abroad. It is critical we send a clear and bipartisan message that North Korea's reckless provocations cannot continue.
In addition, Mr. Speaker, the House will consider H.R. 1180, the Working Families Flexibility Act, sponsored by Representative Martha Roby. This bill would give employees the option to convert the overtime hours worked into paid time off. Mr. Speaker, hardworking Americans in the private sector deserve the same flexibility that public sector workers have enjoyed for decades. By passing this bill, we will give American families greater choice in how they spend their most important resource, their time.
Finally, Mr. Speaker, the House will consider legislation providing further appropriations for the 2017 fiscal year. I am encouraged by the reports I have received from our Appropriations Committee regarding these negotiations, and I look forward to a strong vote on this agreement next week.
Mr. Speaker, additional legislative items are possible. If any items are added, I will relay scheduling information to Members as soon as possible.
Full floor colloquy on next week's House schedule

House Committees
House Committee Meetings Schedule: Week of April 30 - May 6, 2017
Monday, May 1, 2017

H.R. 1180 — Working Families Flexibility Act of 2017

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Oversight of U.S. Airline Customer Service

Three Decades Later: A Review and Assessment of Our Special Operations Forces 30-Years After the Creation of U.S. Special Operations Command

Examining Improvements to the Regulation of Medical Technologies

H.R. 2105, the NIST Small Business Cybersecurity Act of 2017

Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act of 2017

Combating Waste, Fraud, and Abuse in Medicaids Personal Care Services Program

H.R. 2227, Modernizing Government Technology Act of 2017;
H.R. 2196 (Russell), To amend title 5, United States Code, to allow whistleblowers to disclose information to certain recipients;
H.R. 2195 (Blum), OSC Access Act; and
H.R. ____, All Circuit Review Act.

Examining the Management of Red Snapper Fishing in the Gulf of Mexico

VA Specialized Services: Lower Extremity Conditions

Winning the Fight Against Human Trafficking: The Frederick Douglass Reauthorization Act

Overview of the Annual Report on Sexual Harassment and Violence at the Military Service Academies

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Reviewing the FAFSA Data Breach

Oil and Gas Technology Innovation

Failures of Fiscal Management: A View from the Comptroller General

Maritime Transportation Regulatory Issues

H.R. 1625, H.R. 1677, and H.R. ___

Members of Congress and Outside Witnesses Hearing

Legislation Addressing Pipeline and Hydropower Infrastructure Modernization

2018 Veterans Affairs Oversight Hearing

Oversight of the 2020 Census

Public Witness Hearing

Markup of: H.R. 625, H.R. 1351, H.R. 2131, H.R. 2132, H.R. 2169, H.R. 2188, H.R. 2190, H.R. 2213, H.R. ___, H.R. ___,

Empowering Small Businesses: The Accelerator Model

Task Force Task Force on Denying Terrorists Entry into the United States. Hearing entitled "Denying Terrorists Entry to the United States: Examining Visa Security

The Challenges of Keeping Hydropower Affordable and Opportunities for New Development

Littoral Combat Ships and the Transition to Frigate Class

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Improving the Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer Programs

Improving the Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer Programs

Full Committee Hearing: Ongoing Intelligence Activities (Closed)

Reference Links

Links to Congressional news and information

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